Welcome to Nenthead Mines

 What is Nenthead Mines?

Nenthead Mines is a historic place at Nenthead, near Alston, in Cumbria, UK.  This remote valley is covered by remains from the lead and zinc mining industry of the North Pennines, including mine entrances, watercourses, dressing-floors and buildings.  The site is famous for its geology and is notable for rare lichens and plants growing on the metal-rich mine dumps. Most of the valley is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Nenthead Mines Conservation Society is a volunteer charity which cares for the site. Carrs Mine is an old lead and zinc mine which is open to visitors on special days. The NMCS  volunteer team provide guided trips into the mine.


When can I visit?

Come and see us at Nenthead!  Click on our  Carrs Mine Trips and Open Days  Page for the dates of our Mine trips and site Open Days. You can go underground on one of our Open Days.


How do I contact Nenthead Mines?

  • Email us via  admin@nentheadmines.com
  • Phone us on 07519836019 – 
  • Write to us   c/o 14 Kirk Rise, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2SF
  • Visit us at Nenthead Smelting Mill, Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3PD (on Open Days)
  • On one of our Open Days – its best to phone us – 07519836019

How can I help the Nenthead Mines Conservation Society?

You can help the Society by becoming a member and joining our all volunteer team. Go to our membership page at http://www.nentheadmines.com/category/society-membership/

You may also donate to the Society. We are an all-volunteer operation – all our income is spent on maintaining and developing Nenthead Mines. Donations via Paypal are welcome a donate button is at the end of this page.  We get more money if  you donate direct – phone us for bank details. 07519 836019.